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Walter N. Matsuoka Interview

Date: December 9, 2009
Location: Sacramento, California
Videographer: Dana Hoshide
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1010-3
01:26:26
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Nisei male. Born September 25, 1926, in Walnut Grove, California. Grew up in Walnut Grove, where father owned and operator a shoe sales and repair business. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the Granada concentration camp, Colorado. After the war, returned to Walnut Grove. Was drafted and served in the Korean War, then started a career as an aviation mechanic. Mr. Matsuoka passed away on March 1, 2012.
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Born in Walnut Grove, California Segment 1 of 33 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Description of siblings Segment 2 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Parents' family background Segment 3 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Father's shoe repair business Segment 4 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Description of parents Segment 5 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Recreational activities: swimming, fishing Segment 6 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Playing baseball and basketball Segment 7 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Fighting with Chinese students in school Segment 8 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Attending Japanese language school Segment 9 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Father's role in helping when fire broke out in the town Segment 10 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Attending church Segment 11 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California A typical school day Segment 12 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Taking a bath in the family's tub Segment 13 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Memories mother's cooking Segment 14 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Doing chores on the family's farm and around the home Segment 15 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Participating in judo Segment 16 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Celebrating New Year's and other holidays Segment 17 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Making arrangements for property when preparing for mass removal Segment 18 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California First impressions of assembly center: "looked like jail" Segment 19 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Siblings' wartime activities Segment 20 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Participating in Boy Scouts in camp Segment 21 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Joining sports teams in camp Segment 22 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Brother's military service and capture as a prisoner of war Segment 23 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Experiencing discrimination upon returning home Segment 24 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Fears upon returning home Segment 25 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Finding work after the war Segment 26 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Observing changes in Walnut Grove and family members after the war Segment 27 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Father's reestablishment of shoe repair business after the war Segment 28 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Only a few Japanese Americans return to Walnut Grove after World War II Segment 29 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Serving in the Korean War Segment 30 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Establishing a career as an airplane mechanic Segment 31 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Involvement in community groups Segment 32 of 33 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Sacramento, California Raising a family Segment 33 of 33 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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